In The Frame

 Redcurrants 001 Wm


Pearlescent berries, swelling under the summer sun


I’d been so looking forward to my redcurrant crop. They’d been coming on a treat.

Redcurrant jelly perhaps. Or maybe that almond and redcurrant tart I made last year. The really delicious one that we paired up with the genuine Cornish clotted cream?


No redcurrants Wm


It was the wind chime in the fruit cage that gave it away.

A sharp jangling of notes on a day when there was no wind.


No prizes for guessing where my fruit has gone..


Blackbird 003 Wm


 Caught, red-handed.

Or red-beaked.


 Hole in mesh Wm


2017-11-17T18:48:46+00:00July 13th, 2013|Tags: , |


  1. Justine July 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Same thing has happened here, although our berries hadnt even had the chance to ripen before they were swiped.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure which is worse.. the blackbirds here (and the squirrels) wait until the berries are almost perfect for picking before they swipe.

  2. countrysidetales July 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Oh dear.

    At least it wasn’t a squirrel. Or a mouse. Or a deer.

    A but indecent of him to laugh quite so raucously though.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      The real bummer was, that having got into the fruit cage he couldn’t get out. We had to rescue the blooming’ bird.

  3. rabbitquilter July 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Oh! What a shame! Two pairs of Blackbirds nested in the gardens of the two houses beside us (we don’t have many bushes in our garden, but we DO have the communal bird bath!!) so my poor fruit bushes have been raided by TEN Blackbirds of various ages!!!! I enjoy their singing, but not THAT much, war will be declared next year!!!Hope you are sitting in your garden enjoying the weather, I will shortly be under my ‘brolly’ doing a bit of embroidery, absolute bliss!!!!

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Oh no! Perhaps I should be glad it’s only the one pair.. although it may be the same pair that are nesting in the Precipitous Bank behind the house and holding up progress. What are you going to do?

      • rabbitquilter July 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

        Put netting over the bushes, somehow!!! Have the winter to work that one out! Haven’t got many fruit bushes, but they are spread out, may have to tidy up and replant them a bit closer together. Also may put a list of ‘house rules’ next to the bird bath, You are welcome to use the bird bath but no pinching the fruit!!!!!!!

        • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

          ..or leaving deposits on the chairs, or the washing, or squawking too early in the morning, or or or..

  4. elaine July 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    How did it manage to find that tiny hole? Surely it can’t have eaten them all.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      The photo is deceptive because the mesh is quite wide. It has probably left me enough for a tart. Maybe not for the redcurrant jelly.

  5. Sue July 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Yours are much further along than mine. I don’t think the birds have noticed them yet. Redcurrant jelly is my plan.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      I hope they don’t get them while you are away..

  6. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA July 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Little bastard!!! I hate that. I used to grow strawberries and gave them up. I have a large elderberry and enjoyed making jam, but they aren’t even ripe when they are gobbled up.
    Those critter scarers like the ones I showed you on amazon really do work. A friend had birds nesting and messing up her terrace and also eating all her blueberries for a few years. This season she bought the deterrent and have not lost one berry.
    Currents are a beautiful thing too!

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      I’m going to have to do something for sure.
      The blackbirds I like, in normal circumstances. Their song so epitomises summer. They have stopped singing now though – beaks too full of redcurrants maybe!

  7. Simone July 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Oh no! Not another nuisance caller?!!!

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I know. Another one to add to the list..

  8. Crafty Gardener July 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Oh no, hope you can salvage some red currants for some yummy jelly. Those pesty birds are such a nuisance.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      I have done a temporary repair on the roof net, but we have ordered a new one. Another 28 flippin’ quid.

  9. haggiz July 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    oh what a shame… he doesn’t even look embarrassed! Julie x

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      No. But he does look fat..

  10. knitsofacto July 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Bother! And he’s looking mighty pleased with himself. The critters round your way do take the proverbial.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      That was one of the words I used..
      They’ve had it their own way far too long. That’s the trouble.

  11. Vera July 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, that’s all I can say. Oh I could use some expletives on your behalf, but then you are providing a food table for everyone else, including that little bird who had a desperate inclination to avail itself of your fruit!

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      I have to keep telling Mike that it’s their home too. He says they do not pay rent.

  12. BadPenny July 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Noooooooooooo !!!

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Sadly, yes!

  13. rachel July 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry for laughing, but I couldn’t help myself. The RD vs Nature war is so prolonged and SO one-sided!

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      I am coming to realise it’s not just prolonged.. it’s forever.

  14. Em July 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I ran to the back door after reading that….ours have no protection at all! Still green and inedible. That’s a VERY sneaky blackbird.

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      It’s been back twice since. Each time we’ve had to rescue the damn thing, because it can’t find its way out again!

  15. Rosie July 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I’ve noticed that the blackbirds are eating all the berries off our amelanchier tree at the moment. I haven’t noticed any on the black currants yet but I expect they will be next. Cheeky blackbird sneaking in through the hole!:)

    • Jessica July 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      It wouldn’t surprise me if the blackbird made the hole.. the sight of those (my) gleaming red currants must be too strong to resist..

  16. Pats. July 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Going, going, gone! mine too.

    • Jessica July 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      The new net arrives tomorrow..

  17. woolythymes July 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    NOOOOOOO!!!! (He does seem rather pleased with himself, though!) Where there’s a will there’s a way…..and he does look like he might be rather willfil!

    • Jessica July 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      I don’t think there’s any ‘might’ about it..

  18. Bilbowaggins July 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Greedy little varmits, now I understand your comment at Bag End about heavy duty netting …

    We too are plagued by teenage blackies at present. Yesterday one got in the greenhouse through a gap in the netting which covers the roof lights. Took me ruddy ages to chase the stupid thing out.

    • Jessica July 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      I know. Poor things seem to think that if they keep hurling themselves at the walls it will eventually work.

  19. snowbird July 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Oh NOOOOOOOOO….there I was drooling….what a shame!!! They got mine too!!!xxxx

    • Jessica July 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Tomorrow we will harvest what’s left, before they go too!

  20. Jo July 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    He looks like a proper crook. I don’t grow redcurrants, they look like little jewels. It’s my first year growing blackcurrants though, so I’m looking forward to harvesting those.

    • Jessica July 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Be careful the blackbirds don’t get there first!

  21. Wendy July 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Your lovely Blackbird looks very unrepentant. He obviously thinks the redcurrants are worth getting stuck in the cage for. I lose my redcurrants here, too and my cherries – usually just as they’re about to ripen.

    • Jessica July 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      They have a knack, don’t they, or getting them at just the right moment. They must come back often to check..

  22. 1secondhandrose July 15, 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry that you are not going to be able to enjoy your crop this year Jessica. I feel a little guilty too as I’ve been harvesting mine this week, the blackbirds do get some as I don’t have a net…I even leave a few on for them.
    Hope they leave your other fruit alone.
    Rose H

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to share Rose, as long as they do likewise!
      But the new net has arrived this morning, and Mike has gone out for the clotted cream, so hopefully we’ll still get enough for a tart or two!

  23. threadspider July 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    It’s full scale war with the creatures isn’t it? Trouble is, they always seem to outwit us. Makes you wonder who the superior species actually is. Sorry about the red year you will be forearmed, I expect.

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      I thought the net would keep them out. Bar installing a land to air missile system I’m not sure what else we can do..

  24. Sarah July 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    At least you captured the before and after pictures on camera as well as the culprit. Just have to dream of next years crop now!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      And find a way to keep the blackbirds out.. going to have to have a battalion of Suzanne’s critter scarers I think!

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